Avago unveils ultra-low-power Fast Ethernet SFP transceiver for industrial automation, controls and networking

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Avago Technologies Ltd (which designs and supplies III-V-based analog interface components for communications, storage, consumer and industrial applications) has launched the AFBR-57E6APZ ultra-low-power Fast Ethernet small-form-factor pluggable (SFP) fiber-optic transceiver module device, designed for industrial automation, controls and networking applications.

“Fast Ethernet is widely used in industrial automation, controls and networking. As more fiber-optic nodes are added to the network, cumulative heat dissipation becomes an industrial concern, prompting the need for low-power fiber-optic transceiver solutions,” says Martin Weigert, VP &general manager of the Industrial Fiber Product Division (IFPD) at Avago.

Compatible with SFF-8074i and SFF-8472 MSA specifications as well as the 100BASE-FX version of IEEE 802.3u, the device features a re-designed chip-set for LED control, diagnostic monitoring interface (DMI, providing real-time information on temperature, LED bias current, LED average output power and receiver average input power) and signal processing, significantly reducing the module power dissipation (255mW typical and 405mW maximum). Compared with the previous-generation device, the AFBR-57E6APZ consumes 42% less power while delivering what is claimed to be superior electrical and optical performance. Link distances are up to 2km using 50/125μm or 62.5/125μm multimode fiber.

“Our new ultra-low power 100BASE-FX SFP module is an ideal solution that addresses the power issue that affects many of our industrial customers, enabling them to simplify the network rack design and avoid having to use expensive cooling fans and ventilation in their systems,” says Weigert. The industrial operating temperature range is -40°C to +85°C. Robust, long-life LED technology prevents catastrophic failure of the laser like sudden death or mirror degradation.

Samples and production quantities are available now through Avago’s direct sales channel and worldwide distribution partners.

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